Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
11 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;
But how can one be warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4.9-12
Pearls and diamonds. According to Wikipedia, pearls are the traditional gift for year 30; diamonds the modern-day gift. I got neither this year. I did get a new laundry room lighting fixture and a gift certificate to our favorite restaurant. I made the card I gave to him – fingerprint art. After he read the inscription he handed it back to me and told me he wanted to say the same thing to me!
Unromantic? I suppose it is. But that’s how we’ve been rolling for 32 years and it works. We know each other’s love languages and we are quite fluent in them because we’ve had to practice and practice and practice.
We aren’t perfect. Not even close.
We yell (Well, I yell).
We argue (a lot).
We disagree (on a multitude of things).
We are opposites (I mean, like, polar degrees).
I love throwing things away – he hoards.
I’m a rooster – he’s an owl.
You’re getting a pretty good picture of our marriage, right?
November 11, 1984
We are so different. Yet, committed.
It’s the commitment that adds up.
It’s the fighting for.
It’s defending one another.
Having one another’s back.
And, never ever throwing the other under the bus.
King Solomon had it right when he wrote the above verses. He didn’t live it but he knew it.
Hubs and I are devoted to living it.
Til’ death do us part.
Love it love it love it….and can relate on many of those points (as you well know)……..Happy anniversary!
Our little secrets!
Beth Willis miller says
Love, love, love this Susan…so open, honest, and transparent…your writing always touches my heart ❤️
Thank you, Beth, for being such an encouragement.
beth willis miller says
Susan, I was blessed all over again by reading this two years later! Just wanted to share This is an anointed new song, “Come to Jesus” that our Worship Creative Team will be streaming live at our Night of Overflow on Sun. Nov. 13 at 6pm…
Terri Presser says
I really enjoyed reading this and I really get it, just great. I am your neighbour at Coffee for your Heart, thanks for sharing it. I would love it if you would share it at Good Morning Mondays at Darling Downs Diaries. Blessings
Terri, making a note to myself right (or is that “write”) now!
Terri Presser says
Thanks for sharing this at Good Morning Mondays, you are a blessings.
Terri, I rarely turn down a personal invite to visit one’s place on the Web!!! Thank YOU.
Jana Jones says
Love this! You two have been SUCH a blessing in our lives and countless others. Words can’t express what a gift ya’lls friendship has been ever since we moved here 20 years ago – wow – we are getting old! LOL
We do have some history, don’t we, Jana? xo
Kitty Lawrence says
“We never throw each other under the bus.” That’s something good to live by. Your marriage though not perfect (whose is?) strengthens all of our marriages. It reminds us that while not what we might have dreamed it is worth fighting for. I see much older couples walking side by side one usually helping the other to stay upright. Or the hand holding of fingers swollen by age and disfigurment. The look in the eye, the slight smile when they see the other walk through the door. I want that. I want my hubby and me to grow old together, to resist the odds of not being together in heart. The poem is one of my most favorite…”Come along and grow old with me….the best is yet to be…”. Our marriages are worth the effort, the fight, the refusal to quit. The best is yet to be.
And, I know you mean that! xo
Merry Geary says
You should take a weekend get-away and go use our cabin on occasion. Other than next week when we will be in for grandson’s wedding it will be empty again until May. Pop on elec and turn water on under toilets and you are good to go. Hike the Stone Mountain, take a ride to Black Mountain and enjoy some quality time. Hugs to you both, M and M
Merry, how kind…I’ll let you know if we do this (in advance of course!). Grandson’s wedding? Congrats!
Karen Brown says
I love this! Beautiful words describing a beautiful commitment. And you said it best here: “We are so different. Yet, committed.
It’s the commitment that adds up.”
Thanks for sharing and for working hard in your marriage. Bless you both!
Karen, so glad you came by again…I miss 31 days!
Kristin Hill Taylor says
Give me a new laundry room any day over jewelry! My husband and I are like this too. We are notorious for giving each other practical gifts, and almost always early. But we’re in this together, committed in a way only God can bond. I’m so encouraged by people willing to live intentionally together. Thanks for sharing a piece of your story and linking up at my place today.
You must speak my language…acts of service! Yes? xo
Anita Ojeda says
Happy 32 years! The one thing no one ever tells young couples who contemplate marriage is that it will. be. hard. work. You have to be willing to fight for each other more than with each other. You have to be willing to give more than you receive. Your spouse is a never-ending story that you must pursue and read every chance you get!
Well said, Anita!
We often give what are considered practical gifts around here too. Happy anniversary and wishes for many more to come. Our marriages are definitely worth fighting for…
Thanks for coming by Mindy, and yes they are worth it!
Hahahaaaa I love when the truth is told! For better or for worse…God is awesome, He knows all the right words! And you and Lowell are my favorite peeps : ) Love you two! xoxo
Truth – always the best way to go! xo
Sarah Donegan says
Happy anniversary! I love what you said and completely agree. It is a daily commitment, a daily love expressed. May you have 32 more! 🙂
Not sure about the 32 more!!! I’d be ancient!
Donna Morscher says
Happy Anniversary and many more healthy, joyful, blessed years together.
Love the wedding pictures.
Thank you Donna, so privileged to be on your prayer chain.
Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby! Laughing while reading your post because it is so true. Love the pictures too! We will be celebrating eighteen soon, and oh what a journey!
O! What a journey!
Happy anniversary! And you are an inspiration to keep plugging away at it.
Oh my friend, I should write a book!!!
Happy Anniversary Honey! Love this blog, and especially this one. It’s so True! Thank you honey for sharing this! I’m sharing this, all marry couples needs to read this!
Ok, HM…share away!
Barbara H. says
Sweet. 🙂 Happy upcoming anniversary!
Thank you, Barbara!
This was a sweet and no frills post. You looked beautiful on your wedding day. I love the uniqueness of it. and im not a pearls or diamond girl either. ️️Sweet post.
Crystal Storms says
Amen to devotion and commitment, Susan! Wishing you both sweet anniversary blessings!!! Congratulations on 30 years!
Karen Sebastian says
Love your teepee picture! What a hope adventure you have made of your life and you just keep going!
Until HE stops us, eh? Thanks for visiting.
Anita Ojeda says
Awww! What a sweet and true definition of marriage! Thank you for sharing!
Anita, our marriage is proof that miracles still happen!!!